Blackstone submits preliminary offer to Dell special committee

March 23 Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:11pm EDT

March 23 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP has submitted a preliminary and indicative offer to Dell's special committee which is exploring alternatives to the $24.4 billion takeover offer by Michael Dell and Silver Lake, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The details of Blackstone's offer were not immediately clear. Blackstone declined to comment.